healthy breakfast bar
my daughter's going to college and has 8am classes every day!
want something to send with her that she can eat on the way to class...
not a recipe but love the Fiber One bars when I'm running out the door early. They also make excellent yogurt (Fiber One key lime, vanilla, peach, strawberry). If she likes almonds, they now have nice pack size for on the run too. (energy through class)
Buy a canister of Quaker Oats and follow the recipe for the vanishing oatmeal cookies, but replace the butter with the same amount of mashed ripe bananas. I replace half of the flour with whole wheat flour, add dried fruits, and cut back on the white sugar (since the banana and dried fruit add sweetness). Make them bigger than your average cookie and I recommend using parchment, since they don't have enough fat to slide off the sheet well. They're really delicious.
If you're looking for something you can buy and send to her in a care package, I love Odwalla bars - try the Berries GoMega, Chocolate Chip Peanut, and Banana Nut flavors (unless you can convince the company to re-issue the tragically discontinued Carrot Raisin).
If you're looking to bake something, I'd suggest a modified version of my favorite (vegan) oatmeal nut butter cookie recipe:
1/3 cup Nut Butter (peanut butter, cashew butter, whatever!)
1/3 cup soy milk
2 Tbs Canola Oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 Cup Sucanat
Seasoning to taste
1 Cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Cup Oatmeal
1 cup of nuts, raisins, craisins, or anything else!
Mix together first 6 ingredients. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Drop by teaspoons onto baking sheet. Bake at 425 for 8 minutes or until done.
If you do a little recipe-tweaking (such as reducing the flour and/or oatmeal a bit), you can put in well over a cup of your chosen add-ins (but be careful - sometimes I get overzealous with the nuts and raisins, which makes the cookies fall apart). I make double batches of these (full of walnuts, sunflower seeds, and whatever dried fruit I have on hand) for my parents, and they keep them in the freezer and eat them daily, like power bars. Plus the vegan element makes them that much better-suited for shipping and keeping in a dorm room.
I make granola bars for my family and clients -
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
2 1/2 - 3 cups rolled oats
add ins - add what you like - if you are adding a lot of other ingredients, reduce the oats slighlty.
pick what you like-
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup coconut
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup chopped dried fruits
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
the list is endless
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix condensed milk and oats in a large bowl. Add the add-ins you like. Spread into a greased 9x9 inch pan (I use a silicone one and the bars pop out). Bake for 65 - 70 minutes. Let cool completely and cut into 16 bars. Wrap individually in plastic wrap.
Morning Glory Muffin Bars
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups All Bran Flakes (or your fave flake cereal)
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup plain non fat yogurt
1/3 cup canola oil
2 tbsp. molasses
1 1/2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup seedless raisins
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients, mix well. In a medium bowl whisk together egg, brown sugar, yogurt, oil and molasses. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture just until moistened, then add in carrots and raisins and stir until just combined.
Spread dough into a non-stick or lightly oiled and parchment lined 9-inch square baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until centre springs back when touched.
Makes 12 substantial squares :)